The first edition of Diagnosis of Bone and Joint Disorders appeared in 1981 and proved to be a most important work in its field. Eight years later, a new, revised second edition is certainly called for. It is unfortunate that one of the senior authors, Gen Niwayama, died on Jan 4, 1984, of acute lymphoblastic leukemia and could not see the end product of his work and the work of his collaborators.
The 37 collaborators have been carefully chosen for their special knowledge, and each makes an important contribution to the work. The six volumes that constitute the work contain 21 sections. Each volume is of a convenient size, which makes the text easy to work with. The text is organized in a consistent manner with initial discussion of technique and methodology, followed by the anatomy, function, and physiology of normal joints. From this point on, individual joint diseases are